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Offline Ldn

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Seroconversion symptoms?
« on: August 12, 2021, 10:13:32 am »
Ok a bit of a background context, I was on a drunk night out about two weeks ago and I had an unprotected anal sex. The sex started out with a condom but we switched to condom-less sex after a while as my insertive partner was failing to maintain his erection (yes, I know it was a very reckless decision). This was my first unprotected sex and part of my willingness to take the risk (apart from being drunk) was due to having being enrolled into PReP very recently. I followed the on demand regimen as I donít have sex frequently and took 2 pills about 10 hours before the intercourse and another two over the next two days. This was my first time using PReP btw.

So about 9 days after the intercourse, I wake up with a single itchy bump on my right arm and later on the day, I discover a few more on my feet. The next day I also wake ftp://up with a dry, sore throat but was relatively painless. Over the next few days, I see more of these red spots on the back of my torso and my thighs along with a dry cough that now accompanied the sore throat. The spots tend to be relatively small and raised but flat and some have a pimple like appearance and are very itchy when they first form. No other symptoms as of yet.

Now I know the only way to confirm if I contracted the virus is to get tested but I have to wait for a few more weeks to get accurate results according to my clinic and until I can do that, the anxiety is getting to me unfortunately. I know prep on-demand is effective against hiv but having been ejaculated to inside twice that day, i canít help but worry, especially with these spot/rash symptoms which I have never experienced before. So my question is, can seroconversion start as early as 10 days, considering that PReP was in my system during the intercourse? 

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Re: Seroconversion symptoms?
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2021, 10:19:23 am »

Nothing you mentioned would be HIV specific. Go see your local healthcare provider and treat whatever is making you feel unwell instead of stressing about it, I hope you feel better soon.

Regarding your HIV status, test with a blood-drawn (lab) HIV antibodies test at six weeks post-incident, and a negative result at that time will rarely ever change. If you wish, although not needed, you can retest at three months post-incident for a definite result & peace of mind.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Continue using PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as Ďsafeí in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards


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